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Hetfield Feels the Love

Metallica frontman grateful in statement from rehab

August 2, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Metallica singer/guitarist James Hetfield issued a brief statement to the band's fan club Web site from the undisclosed rehabilitation facility he entered on July 19th.

"It's a great feeling to have the support and comfort for me as a person from all the friends I've made out there," reads the post. "Thanks very much, it means a lot." Hetfield entered the facility to be treated for alcoholism and "other addictions."

Hetfield's rehab stint postponed recording sessions for Metallica's next album, and the band also cancelled a July 29th party to mark the re-launch of their official Web site, www.metallica.com. The nixed recording sessions were to have produced the band's first studio album of new material since 1997's Reload.

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